US News Washington resumes the help of the Palestinians, defends a two-state solution

00:20  08 april  2021
00:20  08 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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the United States announced on Wednesday the resumption of assistance to Palestinians, against the opinion of Israel, and reaffirmed their support for a two-state solution, refocating their position in relation to that Adopted by Donald Trump.

This assistance to the UN agency that deals with Palestinian refugees will reach $ 235 million.

In detail, the United States will again contribute to the financing of this agency of $ 150 million. They will also pay $ 75 million for the development and economy of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and $ 10 million for the peace process.

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"American aid to the Palestinian people serve the interests and values ​​of the United States. It provides crucial assistance to those who need it, promotes economic development and supports Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, security coordination and Stability ", justified Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

- "Deception" Israeli -

The ambassador of Israel to the United States, Gilad Erdan, has in the wake of expressed his "disappointment" and his "disagreement".

The United States should have "first ensure that certain reforms are fulfilled, including to put an end to the incentive (anti-Semitism) and to withdraw the anti-Semitic content of school programs", A-T -he adds.

On the side of the Palestinians, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Mohammed Shtayyeh, felt that this resumption of aid should only be a first step.

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"We look forward to the recovery of financial aid but also the return of political relations with the United States, in a way that allows our Palestinian people to fulfill its legitimate rights to create an independent state with Jerusalem for capital, "said Shtayyeh.

Palestinian Prime Minister also called for "pressure on Israel to curb the desire for expansion and colonization in the occupied territories".

The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, he considered that the American announcement addressed "a good signal", at a "favorable moment".

on another key question of the Israeli-Palestinian file, President Joe Biden reiterated on Wednesday his support for a two-state solution, questioned by Donald Trump, which during his term of office offered many wages of satisfaction to the Hebrew state.

Mr. Biden reaffirmed this position during a telephone interview with King Abdallah II of Jordan, during which he also expressed US support for Jordan, according to a press release from the White House.

Again US financial aid for Palestinians

 Again US financial aid for Palestinians The new US government also carries out a course change in the Middle East policy. Under Donald Trump's auxiliary payments to the Palestinians are resumed.

The new funding promised by Washington are added to the $ 15 million already announced by the United States to help Palestinians face the Pandemic of Covid-19, while Israel, World Leader in terms of vaccination, is accused of Not having made the occupational territories of these advances.

Israel states that the vaccination campaign in the Palestinian territories is the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority.

- Budget in the Red -

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), of which the United States once was the main donor, is confronted with a shortfall since Donald Trump withdrew his funds into 2018, arguing that refugees, some of whom live in camps for generations, should be resettled.

The Agency stated that its needs increased because of the COVID-19 and the difficulties faced by Palestinians living in Syria, Lebanon or Jordan.

UNRWA says it started 2021 with a $ 75 million liability resulting from the year 2020, and it should reach more than $ 200 million for the current year.

The Biden administration restored its relations with the Palestinians and supported them, without revealing a new peace initiative to resolve this historic conflict.

Shortly after the nomination of the Democratic President, in January, the United States said they would reopen the offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington, closed under the presidency of Donald Trump. The PLO is the internationally recognized entity as the Palestinians of the territories and the diaspora.


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